Welcome to Orcival
Snoozing soundly between Puy de Dôme and Le Mont-Dore, dinky Orcival is best known for its formidable 12th-century basilica. Relics of the Virgin Mary drew pilgrims to Orcival centuries before the basilica was built but it was a 12th-century icon, the Virgin of Orcival, that cemented the village's status as a pilgrimage site. The statue continues to be the focus of veneration each Ascension Day.
For hikers, this romantic village of stone houses is an access point to verdant (and often precipitous) walking trails. Orcival may only justify a short visit, but way stations are rarely as scenic as this.